So bad it’s good: Christmas movie like a car crash, viewers cannot look away

December was the one year anniversary of the release of Rekindling Christmas, and just a few days ago it was the one year anniversary of me watching it for the first and last time. 

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Program aimed at exploring new, fascinating topics

Learning and discovering has been a concept pursued throughout history, and the desire to know more about the universe has propelled humanity through time and space. Whether it be about the molecular structure of carbon dioxide or the development of a new technology, students have continued to show a high level of intrigue and thirst for knowledge.

Selling the pitch: How creativity, consistency combine to craft quality characters

As someone who cares a lot about storytelling and characters, there are certain topics that come up a lot. What stands out to me is creative, unique, big set-piece moments or characters. They can be comedic or serious, long-term or short-term, fantastical or realistic, or using existing ideas creatively or completely new ones.  With characters […]

Peace Corps influences teachers passion, love of diversity

The Peace Corps focuses on building relationships and has core values that include sacrifice, commitment, passion, and a love for people which directly correlates to the teaching field. Freshman English teacher Cynthia Dominguez worked with the Peace Corp in Ukraine through the TESOL program from 2007-2009 before coming to Bryan High. The program helped Dominguez find her love of teaching English and she is thankful for the opportunities she has gained through teaching.

Medical program opens doors for high school students

Bryan High was granted testing center status through American Allied Health (AAH) which allows Patient Care Technician (PCT) students campus for certification. Students have two hours to complete 150 multiple choice questions. Students have 2 hours to complete the exam and pass with at least a 75 to pass and receive their national certification. 

Teacher utilizes childlike imagination, individualizes curriculum to reach students

Stephen Dillon, who has had a big imagination ever since he was a child, has taken his love for stories and creativity with him all through his life. 

Unique fashion district allows individual expression

Harajuku, an area between Shinjuku and Shibuya in Japan, is a fashion district where people are frequently dressed in bright colors and layers of clothing. People also may be seen dressed in elegant lacy dresses with cute parasols, or Gothic fashion.

Newer not always better: Classic cinema captivates audiences, creates nostalgia

Sometimes the best thing to do on the weekend is binge classic movies. Some of my favorites have one thing in common – John Travolta. Grease, Hairspray, and Urban Cowboys all showcase Travolta’s range of acting skills through superb storytelling. Travolta is loved world-wide, whether it’s for his more serious action-filled roles or for his goofy ones. 

Archetype crumbles under societal pressure, modification

In support of the feminist movement, there is a new character trope that is now commonly used: the strong female character (SFC). 

Finding niche within band helps create friendships

I’m in the Viking band, and even though practices can be tough, it is definitely worth it. I love band and I think everyone should consider joining band or participate in some other student organization. There are many benefits to joining a student organization such as making new friends and spending lots of time with them at practices. Practice also gives you something to do after school other than homework.

Sports, activities help students with ADHD find focus

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  affects 9.4% of children and adolescents (6.1 million). Not only does ADHD affect cognitive issues, but it also affects behavior and mood. ADHD can be detrimental to students, and they can be perceived as disrespectful and disruptive or inattentive to others due to the symptoms that come with ADHD. One of the […]

Ctrl-ing her future: SZA’s debut album holds true four years later

Ctrl (pronounced ¨control¨) is SZA´s debut album released on June 9, 2017. The album was inspired by SZA´s view of control in her life and how she’s gaining power over it again after a long period of being in a toxic relationship.

Journalist inspires through writing, research, activism

Marie Colvin was a journalist who specialized as a war correspondent and is one of my favorite role models. I honestly can’t explain how much I appreciate her and her work. Colvin was an amazing writer, and she had to go to great lengths to get her information and her sources. 

Switching it up: Nintendo’s newest Animal Crossing game makes being in debt to a raccoon fun

n March 20, 2020, a ray of sunshine broke through the thick clouds of quarantine; Nintendo released Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH), a classic life simulator game with a new take.  

Sinister surprises: Dissecting anatomy of jump scares

Think of a typical horror movie. 

You’re probably imagining a dark and suspenseful scene. Perhaps a babysitter alone in a house, or teenagers wandering around a summer camp.

Seniors lead cross-country team by example

The sun rises as the morning dew melts away and the sound of tennis shoes on the pavement can be heard as the cross country team practices early in the morning. Cross-country seniors Aaron Johanson and Craig Fuentes serve as role models for the team and have continued to enjoy success this season.

Seniors express creativity, individuality through painting parking spots

As students try to hold on to traditions amidst COVID protocol, seniors have embraced the ones that they can, including painting senior parking spots. Seniors are able to choose their parking spots and paint it to express their creativity, personality, and school spirit.

Students recognized by College Board for academic success

GPA of at least 3.5. This year six of Bryans High’s students qualified for the honor: Tori Chambers, Macario Deleon, Mia Garza, Gabriel Gomez, Ana Martinez, and Jaden Scott.

Work horse: Senior football player puts in time for offense, defense

player’s goal each time he takes the field. He aims to spend as little time on the field as possible to give his offense more time to score. Senior Tanner Allen does not take a break from the game when the defense comes off though, but instead stays on to block for his quarterback on offense. Playing a single side of the ball in football requires a lot of stamina, speed, and agility, but playing both takes a special kind of player. Being on the field play-after-play can take its toll on a player, but Tanner takes it all in stride.

Glitz & glam: Pageant competitions prepare participants for real world

Thousands of eyes focus on individuals as they are blinded by the bright lights overhead. Staying poised under pressure is a requirement of any pageant contestant and senior Addison Seay has grown accustomed to being at ease having a stage presence. In September, Addison participated in the Miss Teen Texas pageant where she competed against 75 other girls.

COVID recovery: Students, teachers work to return to normal

reasons, but one event that affected most students and teachers was online learning. Quarantine made it difficult for both online and in-person students to get a comprehensive and coherent education. Transitioning back to school for the 2021-2022 school year has also been difficult, but most people are glad to be moving back to something a little more normal. 

Center stage: Spotlight shines on theatre student

The curtain rises. The lights shine down. The actors take their places and wait for their cue. Sophomore Asher Hinton has found a home in theatre and looks to continue honing his craft while making memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

During the summer, Asher traveled to California with the Nicki Peterson Talent Agency, and was signed with an LA agency. The plan is to move to Burbank this summer and start working to earn a role in a professional production.

District works to create schedule to meet the needs of all students, staff

After instating a type of block schedule for the 2020-2021 school year to help with safety guidelines during COVID, downtown administration made the decision to continue with a different sort of hybrid schedule model for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Devious lick: TikTok trend torments schools across country

Summer of 2021. About a month before school started, viral videos of teenagers stealing and vandalizing school property began taking over TikTok. New trends come and go with the majority being harmless and fun, but some dangerous or even illegal. The “devious lick” trend caught the eyes of many attention-seeking teenagers, and even impacted local schools.

Out-working failure: Senior credits school record to hard work

There’s a social stigma around the number 100 that makes it so substantial. Turning 100 years old, scoring 100 points on a test, publishing 100 issues of a comic. The number 100 is something people strive for around the world. On September 14, senior Caroline McCall not only surpassed 100 wins in her high school tennis career, but set a new record for Bryan High. 

Compelling, creative classics reflect current culture

A man who was wrongfully imprisoned escapes, seeking revenge and finding redemption. A woman discovers a horrible secret about her would-be lover. A boy struggles with a gang of thieves on his journey to discover his identity. 

Reject bland boring chips, embrace ‘Fun’yuns

Savory, spicy, satisfying crunch, and the perfect amount of saltiness. All these qualities are what make a perfect chip and, fortunately, there’s a chip that meets all of these standards.

Unconscious calculations: Golf coach uses teaching background to help golfers develop mental game

Distances. Angles. Topography. Subconscious math calculations stream through the mind as a golf club is selected, a swing is performed, and the lay of the ground directs the roll of the ball. Golf coach Matt Hamilton has been coaching the golf  team for the past three years and, while he enjoys all aspects of the sport, he has a particular connection to it through math as a geometry teacher.

Horror films omit sensory information to captivate audiences

Horror films aim to scare audiences through the use of sensory information. Creators also influence audiences through the deprivation of senses. 

Volleyball team gets back to business after last season’s COVID restrictions

ost of the world. As far as sports and extracurricular activities go, they had to make many adjustments in order to keep everyone safe while still keeping the season as normal as possible. The volleyball team has recognized how restrictive many of the guidelines were last year and how they had a negative impact on the team while also understanding that they were put in place to keep everyone safe.

Medical mission: Siblings spend summers in Belize to help locals

Toothbrushes. Running water. Medical care. In America, these things are commonplace, a part of daily life people don’t stop to think about. In the summer, tourists visit beautiful, tropical beaches without thinking about the people who actually live there. For those people, it is not a location for a paradise vacation; it is their home where they lack the basic necessities that Americans take for granted.

Giddy for Ghibli: Studio creates superior visuals, storytelling

There’s a studio that’s made multiple academy-award-winning movies with phenomenal visuals, characters, and storytelling. And yet people look at them not like the brilliant masterpieces they are, but as silly baby movies to put on for their kids, all because they fall under the category of animation. Well, I’ve had enough. Genius can only go […]

Streaming surplus threatens theater comeback

With the COVID-19 pandemic trapping most people inside for the last year and a half, going to the cinema to see new releases just hasn’t been plausible. Because of this, services are now thriving more than ever. Thousands of families across the nation now rely on streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Disney+ for all of their entertainment. Now that theaters are starting to open up again, many film creators and cinephiles are wondering whether they can survive with the new surge of people opting to stay home and stream their films instead.

Lack luster stores leave mall shoppers livid

People of Bryan/College Station, let’s face it our mall sucks. We’re all thinking it, we all know it. The mall has been regressing for a while now. All the stores we once loved have fled the mall and their replacements are junky off-brand stores no one has ever heard of. 

Loki, low-key likable character through portrayal in new Disney+ series

Seeing someone from another perspective can help you appreciate and understand the character better. The new Disney+ series, Loki, shares a story from Loki’s perspective and changes how people think of him. Loki steals the tesseract and is captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that maintains the sacred timeline. They were going to reset Loki, but they recruited him instead to help them capture another Loki variant, named Sylvie. When he captures Sylvie, he goes with her and they discover who’s really in charge of the TVA. In the end the timeline branches in various directions, setting up the new multiverse. 

A cut above: Cosmetology students excel in rigorous course

Cosmetology may seem like an easy class to take in high school because many students believe we just do hair and makeup all day in class. While part of that is true, it is a lot more complex than that and takes a lot of time and dedication.
Cosmetology students have to learn how to do hair, nails, and many other things. They have to learn all about the hair and the face, including knowing how all the face muscles’ functions’ and names.
During the first week of school, students learn about the safety precautions that need to be taken in salons. They have to learn what to do if a client is bleeding or what to do if the stylist accidentally cuts themself while cutting hair. Students also have to learn how to make a registered EPA, which is used to disinfect the work station before and after a client.
Cosmetology students learn about all the different angles to turn the head when cutting and at which angle to hold the hair. The way a stylist holds the hair creates a certain haircut. If the hair is held at a zero degree angle, it would be a blunt cut, but if it is held at 180 degrees, it creates shorter layers in the hair. If the hair is not held at the right angle, the haircut will be wrong. The angle of the hair is the one of the most important factors for haircutting.
There is also a certain way to hold the shears when cutting hair, and only a certain amount of hair can be cut at a time.
There are also safety precautions in place when using sharp utensils like not cutting past the second knuckle because if a stylist does, they can cut themself. I learned that the hard way and cut myself while cutting a mannequin’s hair.
When students learn how to do a chemical service on hair they use a mock solution instead of going right in and trying it on the mannequins. Classes go into detail about how much hair to take and how much dye should be applied onto the hair. It also depends on if the client is getting a touch up or not.

Students also learn how to do perms and which perms to use on a client based on their hair type. They also learn how to correctly apply the solution and the rollers to create the perfect style.
Before we began doing perms, we were told that it was not going to smell good, but I was not expecting it to smell as bad as it did.
On certain days cosmetology students are allowed to invite people to come in and perform services on them. They can invite friends to come in and have their hair done to allow cosmetology students to practice.
Sometimes I get nervous when I perform services for people because it is an actual person and not a mannequin. However, it gives me the chance to practice how I would perform that service for another person and the changes I could make.
Cosmetology has taught me so much over the past 3 years. I am glad I took this class because it has prepared me for the future. It has been my favorite class and I look forward to learning something new everyday as I prepare for my future career.

Spider-Verse ensnares audience with web of creativity

High school, girls, and… radioactive spiders?! Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse contains drama, comedy, and amazing fight sequences that captivate its audience. Between the animation style and the ability to convey emotion, it is truly a masterpiece.  

Future marine aspires to join military band upon graduation

Out of breath. Struggling to stay awake. Hunger pangs setting in. Alone, they would not survive, but together they are stronger. The Marine Corps prepares individuals to work as a unit and endure the rigors of war.

Oppressed by Taliban: One step forward, 20 years back

The unalienable rights, Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are said to be the rights nobody can take away, and considered the base level of  humanity.